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Master of Nursing (Practicum option)

  MN students Kate and Carla

The Practicum option of Memorial University's Master of Nursing (MN) program offers a unique and practical learning opportunity for students, many of whom are employed as nurse educators, staff nurses, and nurse managers.

Students draw from real situations in their places of work for projects that are practical in scope and will have a positive impact on the workplace.

They develop a thorough knowledge base needed to implement and evaluate evidence-based practice.

Students have the opportunity to integrate and synthesize philosophical perspectives, theories, research and skills that have been acquired in previous course work.


The Master of Nursing (MN) program prepares nurses at an advanced level to provide leadership in nursing.


The MN program is based on the belief that advanced practice in nursing requires graduate level preparation that provides students with the opportunity to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and competencies in nursing.

The advanced practioner uses critical thinking, has a well-developed knowledge base, and demonstrates advanced skills in an area of nursing. Advanced nursing practice skills are developed through the testing of selected nursing interventions, implementation of research findings, and the analysis and critique of theoretical work.

Program objectives

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Critically appraise existing knowlege in nursing (philosphical, theoretical, research-based, and other)
  • Apply knowledge appropriately to improve nursing practice.
  • Promote evidence-based practice
  • Conduct a research project or participate in a consolidated practicum experience in a speciality area of nursing
  • Examine and critically analyze issues in nursing and health care
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in an area of nursing practice
  • Demonstrate leadership in nursing

Curriculum design

The curriculum fosters the interrelatedness of knowledge and practice, and includes:

  • A theoretical component that enables students to critically examine the development and basis for professional nursing practice
  • A research component that helps develop beginning reserach skills and enables students to critically evaluate research in nursing and other health-related fields as a basis for evidence-based practice
  • A practice component, which includes a consolidated practicum experience, that enables students to develop advanced nursing competencies and provide clinical leadership in nursing.

Application process

Applications can be found online and must be submitted by February 15 each year for admission the following September. Please note that all forms, references and official transcripts, must be received at the School of Graduate Studies by February 15.

You must have:

  • A "stand alone" nursing research course
  • A basic statistics course taken within the last five years